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Does the Nutriscan Kit to Solve Dog Food Allergies Work?

Once a year for about 60 days my dog itches and bites at his feet until I just want to cry because anything I’ve tried doesn’t seem to 100% help. I wanted to find out if the NutriScan kit to solve dog allergies actually worked.

Dexter suffers from allergies year-round, which are relatively staved off with Atarax 25 mg one to two times a day and oatmeal baths along with frequent brushing and omega oils added to his very nutritious Honest Kitchen diet.

So these flare-ups are worrisome for me and bothersome for my dog. When I found out about Nutriscan from the Hemopet lab, I had to learn more. The test is the brainchild of Fidose Pawer Women, Dr. Jean Dodds. You do this test at home (or with a veterinarian if you so desire) by simply obtaining a sample of your dog’s saliva, mailing it to the lab, and you get the most amazing results returned to you: WHAT FOODS YOUR DOG IS ALLERGIC TO!

NO serum testing, no picking the dog via allergy testing, no discomfort for your dog. I am so excited about this news that I had to share it with Fidose of Reality readers.

There are two panels available. You order them over the Internet and you can choose to have the kit sent to yourself or your dog’s veterinarian.

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NutriScan tests for the twenty most commonly ingested foods by dogs to provide you with specific results. Most notably, you can have the results in approximately two weeks to help you put your dog on the right diet. Dog food allergies and sensitivities are no fun, and finally someone in the know has a test to help.

Dr. Dodds recommends that dogs, like humans, be tested for food intolerances at least yearly, as allergens and reactions change with time. You can learn more about the NutriScan testing here and how it works: NutriScan testing for dogs.

The bottom line: There are 2 panels, each costs $125.00. When you consider what trips to the vet costs and the discomfort to your dog in being itchy or sick, this is very reasonable. Here are the two panels presently available and what they test for:

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Within about 2 weeks after the lab receives and processes the sample, you will receive a report that looks like this from NutriScan.

I opted for Panel 1 only, since Dexer is not exposed to any of the ingredients in panel 2.

What arrived within a few days was a test kit. I decided to test the dog myself and mail the sample back to the lab. The whole process was relatively very easy. Here are the instructions I received in the kit.

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My Cocker Spaniel has pretty big jowls and he allowed the cotton rope to be placed in his cheek. I heated some lean ground beef and had it nearby. Dexter was definitely starting to excrete saliva, a mandatory element to test success.

So with a spit-laden cotton rope, I placed it in the lab tube and mailed it Priority Mail to the lab. Within 10 days, I received this email:

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My assessment: I wish more pet moms and pet dads knew about this test. I now know my dog cannot eat venison and I can ease my fears that he had a beef or chicken allergy. I plan to retest yearly, because just like human allergies, pet allergies can ebb, flow, and change. And my little guy is worth $125 a year to test for something that ends up costing dog parents so much more. A third panel is in the works. This also does not test for environmental allergies, but I now know what not to feed.

You can read more about Dr. Jean Dodds and ordering the NutriScan test. Now scratch that itch and help Fido get rid of his. Check out Nutriscan; it worked for us.

Do you suspect your dog has food allergies? What have you tried to date?

 

Comments

    • I used this system. I have a very ill dog with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The test indicated my dog is sensitive to almost everything on the list. Feeding him what doesn’t bother him now and he’s doing much better. Well worth the money!

    • I have a post from 2/10/14, but I’ll update it; today is 5/26/14. My dog who was deathly ill (even vet was convinced) and he just turned 8. I had a Blessing of the Animals for him 2/1/14, thinking he only had days. His coat is shinier, his eyes sparkle again and he has not had an IBD flare up since early February when I changed his diet. Just my humble experience, but I’m a true believer.

  1. My dog definitely has some allergy….he has a high eosinophilia count over 4000. When he was on a raw diet they came back to normal and when put back on kibble, they went raging again. He does not have parasites. When on raw he was on beef, chicken, and turkey. He is either allergic to salmon or grain is my bet. I now have him on a grain free kibble….we shall see.

  2. I have three Ambulls whose parents ‘ were over-vaccinated for Rabies and therein their auto-immune system went into a state of hypersensitivity with all sorts of problems eg scratching, flesh rotting on their tails and on the outside periphery of their ears… After many, many hospital visits and Drs. attempts to help. I was referred to a vet that told me In Fact what occurred. I sought Dr. Dodds Brilliance/ Help and she agreed to help my dogs… Dr. Dodds saved my two dogs lives with a special diet, regular bloodwork and medicines… Those dogs were my Babies/ Angels/ my life…. For this I will always be indebted to her and her work…..

  3. I did this for my dog as she is the worst the vet has seen and it is hard seeing her itch constantly. It all came back negative and I am 99% sure a couple of things make her itch. For me it was a waste of $160 as I am no better off than before I sent the test kit.

    • Sorry to hear that, Chris. It could be your dog is allergic to things the kit did not test for: Like airborne allergies. This only tests for foods. It helped us immensely.

    • It doesn’t seem like a waste to me even though it may feel like it if your dog tests negative. It seems like a good thing to have ruled out food as a source and you can now look at other causative factors.

  4. Carol I am glad the test helped you. I am sure the test helps many dogs, but not all. As i discovered. I am sure airborne allergies are part of the problem, but know food is the biggest. When I asked how the test could be negative when I know she has food intolerances they told me they have to be eating it for 6 months without a break. A week off would cause a negative test. This isn’t on the web site. My dog was eating the food so why it tested negative I don’t know. Very disappointing.

    • Hi Chris – Sorry to hear that and you make a good point. Apparently saliva samples can only do so much and there are limits on the results, as you have experienced. I agree that it should be listed on the site and that is a very good recommendation. I know my Dex has airborne allergies, but we did discover he has venison allergies, thanks to this test. I just adore Dr. Dodds.

  5. Hi! It’s great that you found good results and it helped. I would just be cautious as they were clear in making a distinction between food allergy and food sensitivity/intolerance. Nutriscan doesn’t test allergies, but only the latter. 🙂 I plan to have mine tested as well. Hope it helps us!

  6. I would just like to add to this discussion a few observations I have with my dog’s allergy issues.
    1. We need to stop vaccinating dogs that are not well. So what does that mean, a scratch, a ear infection, itching and scratching, non-normal poop,and on and on and on. Unless your dog is absolutely normal do not vaccinate. This one demon causes so much trouble. It clearly states on the packaging that it must be a well dog. If your vet ignores that get a new vet. Chances are HIGH is you have a rescue dog in any form, it has been vaccinated multiple times without need. “Just in case”
    2, Food is not the only culprit. What type of carpet do you have, do you burn candles, don’ use oatmeal shampoo on itchy dogs, you are adding to the yeast. What are you washing their beds in, do you use chemicals to clean your floors, grass, I have one that cannot walk on grass, ughh, try keeping a dog off of grass, My point, narrow it done, find out what your dog reacts to.
    3. Go on google or yahoo or…….and join a group specific to your dog and/or your dogs medical issue. There are a plethora of groups out there that know what they are talking about. I have Shar-pei so I belong to those types of groups.
    4. Stop buying crap in a bag. Cook for your dogs, or feed them raw, It is cheaper and you know what your dog is eating. Again there are hundreds of groups out there on this subject.

  7. Is the testing price included in the kit? In other words, are there any additional costs to this testing kit, other than the kit itself and the postage to mail the sample?

    Thanks!

  8. I did the test but had questions which Nutriscan so far has not answered. I need to know what they mean by “whitefish.” Do they mean the species Whitefish? Or do they mean the opposite of Oily Fish? Oily fish have their body oils dispersed throughout the body. The opposite group is Whitefish (which is many species) which have their body oils concentrated in their livers, and they tend to have less body fat over all. to make it nice and confusing Whitefish the species are members of the Salmon family and that makes them oily fish. My dog’s scan said Avoid whitefish but Salmon is ok. He’s sick, he needs a low fat diet, I need to know which meaning of Whitefish the scan means, I wish they would answer my emails. They were very good at answering other emails

  9. I see the test is now $280. Given that allergies change over time, I feel I just can’t spend this kind of money. Sad, because it looks like it could be worth a shot in uncovering what makes my boy itch.

    • It was worth the investment to figure it out. Allergies do change and even though costly, it is very helpful, Rainbow Casey.

  10. Good info sources for itchy dogs: http://www.drmercola.com and http://www.thepetstraunt.com. At The Petstraunt (in Sherman Oaks, Ca), owner Marc Cheng–a canine nutritionist and herbalist gives free consultations. Marc cured my itchy dog with real food, digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
    My dog, Galtee still occasionally chews his feet and I take care of that by soaking (a few seconds or minutes) in 1 cup vinegar and 3 cups of warm water.
    The veterinarian (Karen Becker, DVM) on the Dr. Mercola website has videos about itchy dogs…she recommends the vinegar and water solution and says that oatmeal can grow yeast to make itching worse.
    http://www.dogsblog2.com

  11. I have a 10 yr old Siamese cat that is biting/scratching her thigh areas, both sides, and losing all her hair around there. I’m not sure what to do. Any suggestions would be great.
    Thanks.

  12. Wow, I didn’t know about this test and am ordering it right away. My rescue dog has so many allergies and has been on a raw meat diet of only salmon for 2 years now. I know one of these days it may not work anymore but we have tried so many different meats with him. He also suffers from environmental allergies and we treat him with Benadryl for that. I am hoping this test helps us find an alternate protein source for him.

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